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The invisible gorilla Do you know what you’re missing? You might be surprised.
Nourish, protect your hands Information available at handessentials.com Part of Hu-Friedy’s Hand Essentials™ hand care line, this scientifically proven, non-irritating*, moisturizing* and easy-to-use gel not only meets all test and key use criteria—it far exceeds them.
Ask Amy: Looking for a few good co-pilots If I took an educated guess on what topics the majority of The Pride Institute’s phone calls for “help” were based on, I would have to say half of the calls are from hygienists who feel under appreciated, undervalued and underused, while the other half come from dentists who are, quite frankly, a little anxious about their relationship with their hygienist(s). Considering the No. 1 secret to succeeding in these challenging times is a modern, interactive hygiene experience, we need to get to the bottom of what seems to cause frustration for the key players involved in continuing care.
"The only curing solution you need..." When I started in dentistry in 1986, the most powerful quartz halogen light required at least 40 seconds to fully cure an increment of composite, while conventional curing lights lacked power.
Q+A with Rick Gross 01 DentalEZ just purchased the Identafi 3000 ultra oral cancer screening device. Why was this a good time for such an acquisition?
Your continuing care tool box In this tough economy, the dental hygiene department is key to a practice’s success. Upgrades in the dental hygiene department are essential to maintain productivity, patient compliance/case acceptance and building long-term value in the practice.
Evolving education Two phrases we hear thrown out a lot in this industry are "high tech" and "high touch." These two simple constructions are buzzwords meant to encapsulate the two main ways the dental practice is changing.
Teeth fight back A recent study demonstrating that odontoblast cells are part of the immune system and launch their own response when attacked by bacteria paves the way for possibly reducing the number of unnecessary root canals and shows that these cells are a critical weapon in the fight against dental disease.
Ask Amy: Looking for a few good co-pilots If I took an educated[1] guess on what topics the majority of The Pride Institute’s phone calls for “help” were based on, I would have to say half of the calls are from hygienists who feel under appreciated, undervalued and underused, while the other half come from dentists who are, quite frankly, a little anxious about their relationship with their hygienist(s). Considering the No. 1 secret to succeeding in these challenging times is a modern, interactive hygiene experience, we need to get to the bottom of what seems to cause frustration for the key players involved in continuing care.
Key tips and feedback on Bisco’s DUO-LINK™ Composite Luting CementBisco’s DUO-LINK composite luting cement is a dual-cured, highly filled cement and competes in a very crowded and often confusing product niche in restorative dentistry.
10 Questions: DentalEZ 01 DentalEZ just purchased the Identafi 3000 ultra oral cancer screening device. Why was this a good time for such an acquisition?
Making the cut Information available at laresdental.com Available in three models to meet every dentist’s needs and budget, the LightWalker line of lasers includes a single Er:YAG and two dual Er:YAG/Nd:YAG wavelength models designed for hard- and soft-tissue applications.
Handpiece evolution We’ve continued to see the evolution of the dental handpiece in the last few years. First it was the arrival of ProDrive and the turbine replacement system that uses a triangular chuck and a triangular bur shank to increase efficiency of the cut as well as the quality of the marginal preparation.
The Rx for patient commitment What’s the biggest threat of disease in a healthy continuing care department? The dreaded no-show or cancellation, which is a symptom of the bigger issue known as lack of commitment and value. The RX? Inoculate your patients before they are exposed to the germs of discontent.
"Essentially a great answer for patients..." With the advent of vital tooth bleaching, the market has been flooded with options leaving  patients confused about the process and often misled by Internet marketing and unsupervised OTC products. For a lot of our patients, nighttime bleaching with custom trays is simply not an option although it is a preferred method for many dentists as it uses carbamide peroxide with lower concentration and slower release time.
Communicating with hygiene patients Every team member has a role to play in making sure hygiene patients feel comfortable and well taken care of. Because the hygiene visit is the appointment patients are most likely to cancel, your words and tone must be consistently professional and compassionate.
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